New Issue: Tyrannosaurus rex honoured on five-ounce silver Proof coin

The flesh-eating monster that terrorized North America more than 65 million years ago will now be commemorated on a five-ounce silver Proof coin issued by The Perth Mint.

The king of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them. Standing up to 12 metres high, Tyrannosaurus had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

According to palaeontologists, in one mouthful, Tyrannosaurus could tear away more than 200 kilograms of its victim’s muscle, bone and organs.

The dinosaur’s head and jaws are portrayed on this king-sized five-ounce silver Proof coin. The daunting image depicts the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors salivating over the prospect of another kill.


The coin’s obverse features the right-facing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

Silver Content (Troy ounces) Five
Monetary Denomination (TVD) Five 
Fineness 99.99 per cent silver
Minimum Gross Weight 155.673 grams
Maximum Diameter 60.60 mm
Maximum Thickness 7.90 mm
Maximum Mintage 500 coins

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